Album Reviews

Archangel - SoulFly

Review: Soulfly – Archangel

It’s not easy being a SoulFly fan. Numerous members of the band have been and gone since the band formed in 1997, the latest being bassist Tony Campos who left to join Fear Factory earlier in the year. However, the positive is that fans have been treated to 4 new LP’s in 5 years, and there’s no such thing as a ...

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Shinedown - Threat To Survival

Review: Shinedown – Threat To Survival

It feels like a long time since we had new music from Shinedown. Granted, we had ‘Smith and Myers Acoustic Covers’ in 2014 to help fill the void but it’s not the same as a full length LP full of gut busting Shinedown goodness. ‘Threat to Survival’ is Shinedown’s fifth studio release and the follow up to the 2012’s ‘Amaryllis’. ...

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Vintage Trouble - 1 Hopeful Rd

Review: Vintage Trouble – 1 Hopeful Rd

Take a band like Los Angeles rockers Maroon 5 — who play their super brand of neo-soul, rhythm ‘n’ blues and pop to immense crowds… extremely effective… And you have to ask (because they are neighbours and both play the same kind of R&B inspired numbers) why can’t Vintage Trouble get that same kind of global recognition? They’ve been going ...

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This Oceanic Feeling – Universal Mind

Review: This Oceanic Feeling – Universal Mind

Is ‘Logotherapy’ a prerequisite for calligraphers on a downward career path or some long lost record by The Police? Well, Sting’s diction was never this good, and as I start listening to the rest of the tracks on This Oceanic Feeling’s Universal Mind I consider reaching for my thesaurus.  Singer/instrumentalist Chris Braide explores themes of mental wellbeing, with frustration and ...

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Review: Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed

When Nile’s debut album Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka came out in 1998 the impact was startling with much need. The Death Metal genre had become stale, unimaginative and the classic bands of the era were just putting out material not worthy enough for the baying fans. Nile laid waste to all those around with an album of such brutality ...

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Review: Riverside – Love, Fear And The Time Machine

Releasing their debut album ‘Out Of Myself‘ over ten years ago, Poland-based band Riverside bring us their 6th album, Love, Fear And The Time Machine. It is very well produced, with crisp sounds and a well-balanced and clean mix; there is enough room for all the elements to interplay without anything being lost. Rather than collection of songs, there is ...

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Against Me! - 23 Live Sex Acts

Review: Against Me! – 23 Live Sex Acts

Coming off what was arguably the best album of their career, Against Me! have taken the always slightly dodgy decision to release a live album.  Such an endeavour can go one of two ways.  It can lead to a defining album, one that includes all the band’s greatest songs and catches them at their ferocious best.  Or, it can feel ...

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Thundermother – Road Fever

Review: Thundermother – Road Fever

With a Chuck Berry lick giving us the come-on Thundermother are off and running with the hard rocking coy-rhyming reverse-sexism couplets of ‘It’s Just A Tease’. It’s high on youthful energy as is the whole of this album, one that frequently gives a saucy nod and a wink to Bon Scott-era AC/DC. ‘FFWF’ most assuredly goes that route as Clare ...

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Broken Flesh

Review: Broken Flesh – Self-Titled

Formed in 2004 Broken Flesh are no strangers to the live scene, having performed with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Whitechapel, Suicide Silence, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus and others! There is a distinct message here which says to me that this band are Christians through and through and quite open about it. I am not a believer in ...

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Fuck The Facts – Desire Will Rot

Review: Fuck The Facts – Desire Will Rot

The Canadian grindcore filth machine FUCK THE FACTS are back. Since their last album on Relapse Records (Die Miserable 2011) they have been hard at work with their DIY ethos, with a string of self release EP’s and a split release with FistFuck. It’s been a bit of a while since their last full album but within one second you ...

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